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Restaurant IRON, Pensacola, FL

Restaurant IRON

4.9
4.9
2711 Reviews
$31 to $50
Southern
Executive Chef, Alex McPhail has returned to his hometown after 6 years studying under some of the finest chefs in the industry in New Orleans. Taking culinary tips he picked up at Commander’s Palace, Restaurant August & the Roosevelt Hotel, Alex has created a dining environment unlike any other nearby.
Restaurant IRON serves Southern contemporary cuisine fueled by local vegetables and herbs from the creative minds of true Southerners. We aim to bring together fresh local and regional specialties with the finest flavors and ingredients to deliver a dining experience you won't soon forget.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 17 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Southern, Contemporary American
  • Hours of operation
    Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (850) 476-7776
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Owned/operated by
    Veteran, Women
  • Executive chef
    Alex McPhail
  • Neighborhood
    Pensacola
  • Cross street
    Garden Street
  • Parking details
    Feel free to use the parking on North Palafox St directly in front of the restaurant. Should you need additional parking, there is space available a block north on Palafox as well.
  • Additional
    Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 2,711 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.9
4.9 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.9Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.6Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Northwest Florida

    Best Overall

  • Northwest Florida

    Best Food

  • Northwest Florida

    Best Service

  • Northwest Florida

    Best Ambiance

  • Northwest Florida

    Best Value

  • Northwest Florida

    Innovative

  • Northwest Florida

    Good for special occasions

  • Northwest Florida

    Lively

  • Pensacola

    Best Overall

  • Pensacola

    Best Food

  • Pensacola

    Best Service

  • Pensacola

    Best Ambiance

  • Pensacola

    Best Value

  • Pensacola

    Good for business meals

  • Pensacola

    Innovative

  • Pensacola

    Healthy

  • Pensacola

    Great for fine wines

  • Pensacola

    Romantic

  • Pensacola

    Good for special occasions

  • Pensacola

    Lively

  • Pensacola

    Most Booked

2,711 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    Tallahassee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Best Cobia ever. Attentive service. Great prices on happy hour.

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  2. MimiKing

    Dallas

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    If you haven't had the cobia with goats milk grits and collard greens in a lemon sauce, you're really missing out on a very delicious meal. My compliments to the chef once again! This is a seasonal fish, so go while it's still on the menu. Just outstanding! We also had the pork belly and the fried oysters to share for an appetizer. Both of those were also wonderful! Service and ambiance wer spot on. We will certainly be back again and again.

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The premier special occasion restaurant in Pensacola

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  4. AmandaH

    Western NC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent drinks, burratta salad, and Cobia special! Highly recommend.

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  5. KellyR

    Tallahassee

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    First time going for the early First Dibs menu & it didn't disappoint - food was delicious, service was amazing & all in all a great early dinner night.

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    Tallahassee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The wait staff was outstanding and very attentive.

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  7. territ

    Alabama

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food and atmosphere were both excellent. This may be my new Pensacola favorite.

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  8. OkanE

    Orlando

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We love the atmosphere, drinks and the food. Superb restaurant. Best in Pensacola.

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We joined Iron for our wedding anniversary on 5/18. Hands down the best dining experience in Pensacola!We sat at the kitchen bar top and were entertained the entire evening by the amazing chefs! Looking forward to the next meal we can have here!

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  10. ShaneG

    Tallahassee

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    As usual, Iron does not disappoint. The duck, scallops and ribeye were all exceptional. The escargot remains a favorite, and the service was impecable.

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  11. GregoryD

    San Francisco

    35 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on May 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Service was good. Restaurant was crowded but not too noisy. The fried oysters, foie gras pb & j j, seafood stew and Cajun redfish were very good.

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  12. DEEELISHUSSS

    Kansas City

    145 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    145 reviews

    Dined on May 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Nick & all servers are amazing! Professional, knowledgeable, helpful, competent, & friendly. Alex runs a tight ship & it shows, with all coordinating like a loving family. Innovative, delicious, seasonal & inspired menu. Brian was chef-in-training & was on top of his game. We cannot say enough about how much we love this place, eat here every chance, and send friends. We live in KC Missouri!

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  13. MarkC

    Los Angeles

    106 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    106 reviews

    Dined on May 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We love this restaurant for the food quality, fresh menu on a regular basis, the attentive servers, creative and personable bar tenders, and overall ambiance. They are firing on all cylinders! We have sat at a table or the bar on different occasions. Most recently, we sat at the bar for dinner. The bartender was creative in the drinks, knowledgeable about tequila (our current area of experimentation) and have great guidance on the recently added food menu items. Try the gnocchi and escargot! Delicious! The creole gulf catch on the menu currently has just the right spice level and crispy skin on the snapper. Yum! But know it will be gone soon. They are keeping the menu updated recently, which is fun but you can miss out on an awesome dish if you don't get in soon! I recommend reservations any night if the week. They can be busy every day and the venu has very limited capacity.

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  14. OpenTable Diner

    London

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food, great service as always. It is one of the best restaurants in Pensacola.

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  15. MarkK

    Washington DC

    37 reviews

    5.0

    37 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We love Restaurant IRON! Danielle took excellent care of us. Spot on with the wine recommendation. We always enjoy sitting at the Chef’s Table. Superb teamwork! The food was incredible and creative. Always a “go to” for us.

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  16. Dano

    Panama

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    From start to finish, an excellent meal. Waiter was top notch...on top of everything from drinks, explanation of the various menu items, meal selections, to serving our selected dinners. He was exceptionally pleasant and knowledgeable. The food was perfectly prepared. The pork was tender, well seasoned and prepared. The seafood in the Cioppino was perfectly cooked and was in a sauce that was delicious! We'll be back soon for another enjoyable experience!

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  17. OpenTable Diner

    E. Tennessee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We got seated early. Waiter was very friendly and attentive. Food was Excellent. I had the truffle fries and ribeye. So delicious.

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  18. OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    26 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on May 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We returned for another celebration and the only thing we didn’t love was the steak he ordered. 18oz ribeye was super fatty had some bits that were undercooked. Loved both our salads. Ceasar and the peach with baratta. I personally would’ve loved more peach. Chicken in dumplings was our favorite!! Both desserts were fantastic we got the cheesecake and the key lime crème brûlée. Love the personal touch to menu which we forgot. :( last year we kept it :( we will be back soon for the 4th of July. Got friends from New York visiting. Till next time.

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  19. OpenTable Diner

    Tallahassee

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    The food is phenomenal! Service is great but it was a bit slow to get drinks. That certainly won’t have any impact on our coming back for some more phenomenal food!

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  20. RobertR

    Tallahassee

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great service, food, and atmosphere. Will definitely be coming back. Ribeye was amazing!

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  21. Patty

    Fort Lauderdale

    36 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on May 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Visiting from NYC & GA. The food and service was absolutely amazing. Would love to visit again.

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  22. AlyS

    Jacksonville

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was amazing. The gnocchi and escargot was phenomenal. The wings are always my go to and’s always a hit. The squash under the short rib was perfect and the chocolate delice was the perfect finish. The service was amazing. Amber is fantastic and always so genuine! We will definitely be back soon!

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  23. Mark

    Salt Lake City

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on May 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always an awesome experience. Love the care taken to ensure your enjoyment.

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  24. Susan

    Charlotte

    29 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    I travel for work, have been here several times. One of my favorites. This time was a little off. We were told that “wine expert” would visit our table, never showed. Staff is very nice, this time confusing as to who our person was. Appetizers, fried oysters as well as Escargot were both phenomenal. Redfish not good at all. Two guests loved their steak. For the record, last time I was there salmon was best ever.

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  25. OpenTable Diner

    St. Louis

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything was wonderful. We are hoping to go back to get the shrimp and grits before returning home

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  26. Mary

    St. Louis

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on April 29, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Oh my! This is a wonderful restaurant. IRON. From the moment we entered until we left. Such a friendly staff. Timely waitress and the best shrimp and grits ever. And this is saying a lot, since we lived in NOLA. I had the Chicken and dumplings and it’s unlike anything you’ve ever seen. The small chicken was stuffed with a crème miroux and the homemade knochi surrounded the plate. Amazing. We will be back.

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  27. JoshJ

    Mississippi

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    From the time we were greeted at the door until the time we left we had a wonderful experience. My wife and I had reservation at Restaurant Iron to celebrate our anniversary and they did not disappoint. When we entered the host sat us immediately since we had a reservation, which is rare these days. The wait staff was friendly, knowledgeable, and attentive. The food and drinks from the bar were excellent. The meal and ordering was well paced. I had the pork chop and my wife had the duck breast. 5 out of 5 in all aspects we will definitely be back.

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  28. OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    One of the best restaurants I have ever dined at. The staff is incredible and very attentive to the customer. The food and drinks are outstanding. It’s my favorite restaurant in North Florida. If you’re in the Pensacola area it is a must go to! Taylor

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  29. LivintheDream

    New Orleans

    21 reviews

    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on April 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful meal and service! A must for foodies visiting town.

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  30. ThomasC

    Dallas

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Most excellent date night. Food and service was amazing. Our server Roxie made our night! IRON is the best place in Pensacola for any special occasion. The Chef and his team offer some of the best dishes in the panhandle of Florida.

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  31. Mmmm

    Houston

    2 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 25, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Service very good. Food ok. Much heavier than expected for a veg forward finer dining restaurant. Vibes good.

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  32. hts1257

    New Orleans

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on April 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    As always, food was excellent. Out of town guests were very happy and impressed

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  33. ShelbyW

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Make sure to save room for the Nutella icebox cake!

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  34. AngelaW

    Tallahassee

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on April 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    First Dibs April menu was over the top delicious! We will be ordering those chicken wings again! Amazing dinner, as always, and Danielle was the best! 😎. We ❤️ Iron!!!

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  35. Jonesx2

    Atlanta Metro

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Have been a customer since the beginning. Always a pleasure always a treat! The food is consistently delicious. The atmosphere is perfect.

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  36. mimib

    New Orleans

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on April 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food options better than many places including a vegetarian option. Waitstaff were friendly and knowledgeable and we could enjoy the company of guests without screaming! Definitely will return!

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  37. CliffordW

    Mobile

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing! Highly recommend. Best place to eat in Pensacola

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  38. JasonW

    Tallahassee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was very good and the service was the best I've ever had in the Pensacola area.

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  39. AmandaS

    Tallahassee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Iron is my absolutely favorite! You must try the escargot!

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  40. Muttt

    New Mexico

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on April 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Our mention of noise as moderate describes only our visits inside. Our seating was outside, which means on the sidewalk. Admittedly we were concerned that "outdoor" seating was not in an interior courtyard since the street is busy and the evening temp was cool. Alas, the setting was intimate and romantic, the traffic died down and the temperature, perfect. It also let us discuss the complex drink, food and wine offerings with an incredible server, Dusti (?). At her direction the pace was pleasant allowing us to savor each course. The cocktails each had a special twist much like the menu items. It was evident that the menu changes frequently so each meal is hand-composed. In making our arrangements long distance, Iron received abundant accolades but exceeded our lofty expectations.

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FAQs

Restaurant IRON is rated 4.9 stars by 2711 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 17 times today
Google Map for Restaurant IRON

22 N Palafox Street, Pensacola, FL 32502

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Garden Street
  • Neighborhood
    Pensacola
  • Hours of operation
    Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Southern, Contemporary American
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Parking details
    Feel free to use the parking on North Palafox St directly in front of the restaurant. Should you need additional parking, there is space available a block north on Palafox as well.
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Owned/operated by
    Veteran, Women
  • Executive chef
    Alex McPhail
  • Additional
    Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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